Introduction. Human Emotion Has The Ability To Drastically

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Introduction Human emotion has the ability to drastically impact an individual’s psychophysiology. It can have a profound effect on brain functioning, mental and the physical capabilities of individuals. Emotions can also affect things such as heart rate, blood pressure, and brain chemicals. It can be highly influenced by environment as well as genetics. It is vital to look at how emotion specifically affects the human body and emotional regulation, and there needs to be an understanding of how emotions effect mental health disorders as well as the limitations that current exist. Another important aspect to consider is the long-term affects of emotion on psychophysiology. By understanding each of these components, it is easier to grasp…show more content…
121). This may increase rates of cardiac arrest and death. This will lead to long-term effects on emotional health and well-being. Jones and Mize (2016) state, “Emotions involve subjective experiences, physiological patterns, and behavioral responses” (p. 239). Emotions can be broken down into three categories. These categories include basic emotions such as disgust or surprise, and blended or complex emotions, such as guilt and pride (Jones & Mize, 2016, p. 239). The third category involves emotions such as guilt. With emotion, childhood can play a crucial role in emotional development. Emotion and psychophysiology can also affect each gender differently. Kreibig et al. (2012) state, “Women show stronger, experiential, expressive, and physiological reactivity to emotion” (p. 800). Therefore, in children and women, a higher rate of emotional response and physiological change would be present. Heart rate is highly affected by emotion. Casey, Rogers, Burns, and Yiend (2012) mention that negative emotions can cause a drastic increase in heart rate, while positive emotions can level heart rate. Obradović and Boyce (2012) point out that the increase in heart rate is caused by blood flow being diverted from the stomach to the brain (p. 121). Another aspect that can cause an increase in heart rate is sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activation. High SNS rates can be linked to higher levels of emotional issues as well as social involvement (Obradović &
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